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The Protected

Author: Claire Zorn

Winner of the 2015 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for a Young Adult book, the CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers, and the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction.

I have three months left to call Katie my older sister. Then the gap will close and I will pass her. I will get older. But Katie will always be fifteen, eleven months and twenty-one days old.

Hannah’s world is in pieces and she doesn’t need the school counsellor to tell her she has deep-seated psychological issues. With a seriously depressed mum, an injured dad and a dead sister, who wouldn’t have problems?

Hannah should feel terrible but for the first time in ages, she feels a glimmer of hope and isn’t afraid anymore. Is it because the elusive Josh is taking an interest in her? Or does it run deeper than that?

In a family torn apart by grief and guilt, one girl’s struggle to come to terms with years of torment shows just how long old wounds can take to heal.

‘A tender story of grief, trust and healing … Hannah broke my heart.’ AJ Betts, author of Zac & Mia

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